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represents joe biden and used to work at time magazine. >> gretchen: who am i? i'm valerie jarrett. you're sticking around. >> steve: stick around tomorrow. denny hastert will be with us and ted williams, the guy with the golden voice. >> gretchen: log on for our after the show show. have a fabulous thursday. bye. morning, everybody, we the people, the united states, history about to be made on the floor of the house of representatives as we await the first ever reading of the u.s. constitution on the house floor. members of the house, taking turns reading allowed the document written by the founding fathers, aiming to achieve a more perfect union, live to the floor when the reading begins and in only moments we'll talk to the congressman who came up with the idea on "america's newsroom". first though a brand new look at job number one and
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that is jobs in america. moments ago a new report showing a slight jump in the number of people apply fog unemployment -- unemployment benefits, the first five weeks, the jobless claims rose to 409. that's where we start today. how you doing, i'm bill hemmer. martha: thank you very much, good morning, everybody. it's interesting because today's numbers we're getting in, those come on the heels of the private sector jobs number we saw yesterday and what was fantastic, it blew away expectations, it was triple, 300,000 jobs added in the private sector, three times larger than economists predicted. bill: let's put it with stuart varney, varney & company. good morning, stuart, what does it mean? >> you've got to remember the long term downtrend in the jobless claims is very much in place and the number of those new claims is still now way below the danger
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zone. i put the danger zone at 450 every week, you are around to 400,000 tpalg. that's a sign the trend is in place. tomorrow you've got the big picture labor market report coming out. this looks like it's going to be another positive report on that the economy, jobs and hiring. bill: but as far as today goes, it is better news but not it's great -- it's not great news. >> it's not a blowout number like yesterday was private sector employment was but remember that long term downtrend in new claims is in place, long term trend, in place, down. bill: let's talk about economic policy out of washington. what is the news about a departure from the economic team of president? >> as of today one of the big 3-rbg paul volcker, is leaving, that means the original economic team assembled by president obama two years ago, they've all now gone, cristina romer, larry summers and now paul
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volcker is going, you've got a complete change in the economic advice being fed to the president. >> stuart, thank you, 9:20, varney & company, fbn. catch you later. retailers reporting surprisingly weak december sales. holiday sales saw a big jump but retailers believe the post holiday blizzard may have slowed down shopping in the northeast. analysts expect spending in 2010 to be the largest annual increase in four years him early on, the shopping season, they saw big numbers and were expecting big things, so again, there, good news, not great news. martha: i got a credit card bill yesterday for shopping, and i can attest to having done as much as i possibly could to help out. but that's another story. in the meantime democrats are already calling on the the newly empowered husband republicans to cut the decifit. the allegation is house republicans are exempting more than $1 trillion in tax cuts and spending over the
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next ten years from any budget cutting plan. democrats say those exemptions include the bill to repeal health care and the extension of the bush tax cuts, which many would argue has been prompting a little activity in the economy and in the market lately. senate democrats are going to have a news conference on this to complain about what they say will the exemptions that the republicans are trying to pull off. bill: a might be a new era in washington but that will not stop people talking about 2012 and which republicans might jump into the race to challenge president obama. michelle bachmann, congresswoman out of minnesota and tea party favorite telling greta she might have bigger fish to fry. listen. >> i am not focused on my personal ambitions. what i am focused on clearly is to make sure we do not go down the road we are on. this is the debt accumulated under president bush, all the red lines, this is two
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years under president obama. that's what i'm nervous about and that's why i'm very committed to doing whatever i can to make sure that we don't have a second term for president obama. so i'm going to add my voice to that conversation in the next two years. bill: at least in that answer it was not a definitive no but the congresswoman saying her immediate concern is tackling the debt issue which is certain to dominate washington over the coming three months. martha: we are staying on top of this story, because there is still a lot of mystery surrounding the death of washington insider john wheeler iii and now we're getting new information here. police are piecing together the clues from this surveillance video. take a look. this is mr. wheeler in this picture. he appears to be disoriented as we heard he was in the days surrounding his der appearance and death. this gentleman appears to be by everybody's account who knows him a far cry from the man who they knew, who
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served three presidents distinguishingly. this video was taken hours before his body was then found in a delaware landfill on new year's eve. eric shawn is live with this story from wilmington. a lot of questions. we still don't know the cause of death, where this death occurred. what happened? >> >> reporter: martha, you are right. we do know this, this building behind me, that's the building owned by the dupont building chemical -- dupont chemical company that, is where he was last, 8:00 p.m., december this. can you imagine he was walking around the streets of downtown wilmington, disoriented and disheveled, going from building to building, parking garage to parking garage. let's look at some of the surveillance tape that is heartbreaking, showingful disheveled, disoriented, witnesses saying he was confused, that he was robbed, his suitcase was
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stolen, looking for his brother. although police classify this as a homicide some are wondering if he had a medical condition, maybe a minor stroke and maybe climbed into that dumpster to get some sleep. one of his friends, though, carol logan, doesn't buy that. >> i don't believe it, because he couldn't have had a stroke, somebody have had to accosted him. how do you get from washington into wilmington and no one to help you? there's something that doesn't add up. >> reporter: that's the big question, how did he get from here, 8:30 at night to newark, delaware, 12 miles away, that's where he believes he was in a dumpster that was picked up by that garbage truck. martha: and they have not announced the cause of death, we don't know if he was shot or strangled or if it was any kind of medicine, no toxicology reports that
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have come back and then he had a dispute with a neighbor and there's some discussion of an arson attempt at the neighbor's house. >> what a twist w police say they have evidence that he may have been involved in an arson at that house. the whoelers had a lawsuit against their neighbors the marinis, they are building a house in front of the wheelers' house and they believe that house is too big so they've been in court. on december 13th, 2 weeks before this incident happened, a judge did not issue a temporary restraining order that the wheelers wanted to try and stop that construction and police say that there were incendiary devices found around that house on december 28th and they wanted to talk to wheeler about it. that's -- the lawyers for the marinis say they send their heat felt wishes to the family. that's from the lawyer. out of respect with the family and in accordance with the request for privacy, in a statement, mr. and mrs. marini will
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have no further comment on this matter. the mystery continues, how did he go from this building to newark, delaware, 14 hours later. martha: it's one thing to wander around in a state of confusion. it's another to have your death ruled a homicide and that is a big question in all of this as well. eric, thank you very much. coming up later this hour, a west point classmate of wheeler's who was in contact with him days before he was found dead, what he says about mr. wheeler's final hours and what he believes may have happened to his friend. that is coming up right here on "america's newsroom". bill: we have this mystery, too, iranian officials hole ago 55-year-old american woman on charges of spying. a state-run paper reporting the woman had spying equipment hidden on her body when customs authorities detained her at a border town 73 miles northwest of tehran, the woman said to have arrived from neighboring armenia without a visa. the paper did not say when she was detained.
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a woman, a fourth american in iran and -- arrested and accused of spying in less than two years. martha: to the border, two separate shootouts on the mexican border, one including two teenagers. details on that coming up next. bill: also they voted for the health care overhaul the first time around, but find out why some democrats may now be looking for a second opinion on the issue. that story is growing by the day. martha: and history, about to happen on capitol hill, the first ever reading of the u.s. constitution on the floor of the house of representatives. >> hopefully every member of congress has read the constitution but i think that this is a very symbolic showing to the american people and reminder to members of congress that we are a government of laws, not of men, and that this constitution is the foundation for all of our lives. martha: there you go, the man who came one that idea is coming up live in "america's newsroom".
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martha: a horrible scene yesterday afternoon at a prayer service last night in omaha, nebraska after a deadly shooting at a high school. seventeen-year-old robert butler, jr. walked into miller south high school yesterday afternoon, shot and wounded the principal and killed the assistant principal at his high school, the young gunman who was the son of a police detective took off in his car and then shot and killed himself. >> we just saw a bunch of cops speeding up and started getting text messages from our friends inside saying there was a lockdown in the cafeteria and there was a gun shot. >> a code red came on the loud speaker and you could tell by the principal's voice that it was pretty serious, that it wasn't just a practice code red like they do. >> i had been texting him, he's not responding and he's probably scared out of his mind. martha: what a situation that was. butler, the young man, had just transferred to that high school. he had been there only a
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couple of months but on his facebook page he said the school, quote, drove him to violence, he apologized, said he wanted people to remember him for who he was. >> the people voted to end business as usual and today, we begin to carry out their instructions. bill: that was yesterday, and today, one hour from now, lawmakers will begin the first ever reading of the u.s. constitution on the house floor and the congressman that organized all that is with us now, sending a powerful message, he says, that congress that we are a nation of laws and not of men, the man that put that together, bob goodlad out of virginia. how you doing, sir, good morning to you. >> good morning, bill, good to be with you. you know, we have been spending a lot of time in the last year, listening to the american people put together the pledge to america. one of the key provisions of that is to require that all new bills, including the
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constitutional amendment to balance the budget that i introduced yesterday, the first day, every bill has to contain with it a declaration of the portion of the constitution upon which the bill is founded, the basis for which the congress could act on whatever that member thinks is an appropriate thing for the congress to take up. the attorney general of virginia wrote something a couple weeks ago that i like very much, he said the congress should read the constitution on the floor of the house, and so i looked into that, recommended to the leadership they do it, they decided it was a good idea and actually put it into the rules of the house, so not just this congress, but future congresses will be required to do that as long as that rule remains in effect. bill: it's my understanding john boehner starts, right, eric cantor follows, it's two republicans, nancy pelosi is on the list, steny hoyer, the democrat. is it going to go republican, democrat, throughout the entire ordeal? >> it will, including at the beginning, congressman cantor has deferred to the minority leader so speaker boehner will read the
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preamble, minority leader pelosi will read article one, section one, then leader cantor and the minority whip steny hoyer will share article one section two and then after that, we will turn to the members of the congress and will take them on a first come, first serve pwafs. but making sure that we are bipartisan and fair to both sigh, so if it looks like we have too many on one side or the other we'll move some up. bill: you're going to be counting words and minutes, too. some say this is theater. jerry nabb, congressman out of new york, says it's total nonsense, propaganda. what did you think about what he said? >> i don't think the united states constitution is propaganda or total nonsense and i don't think the reading of it is as well. in fact we went back and looked, we asked the congressional research service, to tell us when the last time that the constitution had been read object the floor of the house -- on the floor of the
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house and their answer was never, and if you have a document that's as precious as the u.s. constitution and you have a congress that says that it's going to be paying close attention to it, starting out the congress by reading the discussion seems to be -- constitution seems an appropriate way to start and we welcome members on both sides of the aisle no matter their interpretation of the constitution might to be come and join us in reading it. bill: you know, i would bet and wager that most americans acknowledge the constitution is is not where it should be, myself included. you were on tv the other day and you were challenging yourself. how would you rate yourself when it comes to your own knowledge? >> i think that i'm not a leading constitutional scholar in the country, i do pay close attention to it, and i do think that my votes in the congress are very principled, but you certainly could go back and look at any member of congress and their votes and say well, that's not my view of what the constitution said with regard to that particular vote that was cast.
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so we're taking a renewed look the a the constitution, i think is a very good thing and i've heard from many democrats who are going to join us on the floor of the house, reading the constitution today. bill: i have 20 seconds. we're going to cover this live next hour. what do you think we'll learn from it, what do you think we gain from this? >> i think that a lot of members of congress will hear the entire constitution, they'll be waiting in line there, there will probably be opportunities for them to -- one line, republicans and democrats together, there will be some opportunities there for people to compare notes and i think that we'll help focus on the constitution and we'll help focus on this congress paying more attention to it than we have in recent times. bill: a bit of history yet, more today. bob goodlatte out of virginia, nice idea. we'll follow it. martha: congressman, senator, president of the united states, all those good things in there, as well. how about this, a soldier
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dad's special, special home coming? bill: beautiful stuff. martha: what a good moment. that was a surprise birthday wish that his little girl will never forget. bill: a chance to repeal health care, republicans hope they can get enough democrats. them?
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bill: vice president joe biden apparently knows thousand negotiate a deal on the floor of the senate, especially with toddler age
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three who tried to take off with biden's notes when he was swearing in senators. have you seen this? >> i need to borrow that back! you won't give that back to me? hey, i'll trade you. here you go. i'll make it up to you. hey, here's the deal! if you can tell me which hand it's in, you can have it. which hand? >> look at that. there you go! >> it's a mint. there you go. bill: he's like david copperfield. martha: the old bait and switch there. >> that's the three-year-old son of senator wyden. he did not want his notes. martha: kids love mints! now to a much more serious story on the border. exactly what happened in this shooting that we are about to show you.
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it is now in dispute, this story, it happened 24 hours ago in nogales, arizona, a border town increasingly on the front lines of this entire discussion about the mexicoan drug wars, a mexican teenager reportedly tried to enter the u.s. illegally, the boy's friends and now the mexican state police, saying that u.s. border agents shot the 17-year-old dead, but new information from the fbi indicates that the border agents may have been under attack from drug smugglers. laura ingle live in our newsroom with more on this. what is the latest on this shooting? >> reporter: an fbi spokesperson said they are treating this as an afo, assault on federal officer, investigation. the special agent in charge of this case tells fox news this morning the incident happened early yesterday as agents were trying to arrest some drug smugglers. that's when a group of bystanders on the mexicoan side of the border began throwing rocks at them. one of the agents fired his weapon at one of those rock throwers, the teenage boy, who was also attempting to
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scale the border fence. witnesses described the scene. listen: >> he was a youngster, he yells i got shot on the chest, help me, and he fell from the fence. i think it was about 15 feet. he fell to the mexican side. >> the teenager was found dead outside of a hospital in nogales, mexico after three men reportedly left him there which is a common practice of dropping bodies who are injured or dead from being identified. the investigation continues. martha: and that's just one of the stories we're watching in terps of the border incidents. another one is ciudad jaurez. >> a dramatic situation unfolded near texas with five teenagers taking part in a running shootout with federal police, this is the latest chapter of police arresting young drug suspects. the pickup truck the three, 15-year-olds and two, 17-year-olds were traveling in contained 10 pounds of marijuana, the gang was trying to escape when they
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reportedly pumped several rounds into a pistol into a police car. this area no stranger to violence. from january 2010 to november 2010, nearly 2085 murders were record, two a -- that's nine murder as day. bill: we are wondering, as are so many, about what happened to john wheeler. police are tying to piece together the final hours of an army officer who served three presidents in washington. why did his body end up in a delaware landfill? we'll talk to a man who knows john wheeler very well and in fact exchanged e-mails with him only days before his death. martha: while the white house is pushing to raise that debt ceiling, austan goolsbee said it would be a catastrophe if we don't, but you know what, president obama voted against raising the debt ceiling when he was in the senate and had strong reasons for why they shouldn't raise it.
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symbol, saying the logo marks the company's expansion beyond the famous coffee beverages. martha: wow. bill: tastes like a latte, though, right. martha: exactly. back to washington as lawmakers brace for battles whether to increase the nation's credit card limit and the white house is defending president obama's 2006 it vote back then when he was a senator and spoke out vehemently against raising the debt ceiling, and he said it was a bad idea. where's robert gibbs, responding to why his boss did that back then. >> he used to it make the point about getting to need serious about fiscal discipline. >> he voted that way because he knew it would pass. >> clearly he was sending a message. >> but he knew it would pass, that is why -- >> his vote was not necessarily needed on that. martha: what do you think about that, the obama administration now says raising it, the debt ceiling, is what needs to be done. but with the u.s. federal debt
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reaching $14 trillion, a lot of republicans out there, especially some of the new crop, believe that it is time to cut the government off, and that that is the message that needed to be sent and rick santorum is a former pennsylvania senator and a fox news contributor. and doug shone a pollster to former president bill clinton, and also a fox news contributor. good morning to you, gentlemen and welcome. >> happy new year. martha: happy new year to you, good to see you both. what do you think of robert gibbs' explanation there. >> it is pathetic. the president added more to the national debt, we went from $9 trillion to $14 trillion under the president and the idea that he was protesting spending is ridiculous. the bottom line is, it was a political vote, to make a point that, you know, the bush administration was raising the debt, and, it's an irresponsible vote, and, look, the national debt and raising the national debt limit is a result of policies in washington, d.c. it has to be done, otherwise, candidly we cannot borrow money and we'll default on our
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obligations, which we cannot let happen. so, i have raised -- look i voted many, many times, to raise the debt limit and, what we need to do and what republicans should do, is tie the increase in the debt limit, to concrete spending reductions, and they should pass the bill that increases the debt limit, but, cuts spending at least 50 to $100 billion, maybe more. martha: let's look at this quote from austan goolsbee, you put it against the president in terms of his vote in '06, sheaiaying shouldn't be rised, he said: it is not something we should toy with and the impact on the economy would be catastrophic. and that would be worse, he said than the financial economic crisis, anything we saw in 2008. doug, you know, i know you feel the debt ceiling has to be raised but a lot of folks, including jim demint say we have to make this into a show down, or else people are not going to get the point in terms of cutting spending. >> i understand the argument and
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i think rick makes the case, pretty well. if we do turn it into a show down, and somebody doesn't blink we run the risk that we'll default on our obligations, we won't be able to pay things like social security, and medicare, and, our standing and stature around the world, indeed our credit rating could go up in smoke and that is not a risk worth taking. that being said, we do have to do something about spending, but we cannot play chicken with the debt ceiling. martha: let me ask you both about this, in terms of how it will works, financially, if we defaulted on this, right? i mean, china holds a ton of our debt, right? our financial situation is no big mystery, to the world and to the people we owe money to and this they know the situation we're in, wouldn't it be encouraging for the debt market if they looked at us and said, wow, the u.s. is taking this seriously and are about to do very tough fiscal restraints and will get their house in order. rick? >> i think, no question about that. if the republicans stand firm, and i disagree with doug, i think for this administration,
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at some point you say to play chicken with them, they will not want to cut spending, this administration increased spending more than in history and they need to play chicken and put real spending reductions into the debt ceiling limit, increase, and, tell the obama administration we will not sign it unless you have serious deficit reduction and as you mentioned will send a signal to the credit markets around the country and the world. martha: look at corporations and look at the business model and they are in trouble and debt and cut spending and lay people off and doing all of those difficult, painful things, wall street looks at that company and goes, well, you know, that is impressive and looks like they are serious and want to get their house in order and we are already in over our head in social security. and, medicare and medicaid. we are already, you know, up against all of these barriers in terms of our debt, which is ridiculous. i mean, it is behind us every day, $14 trillion. when will we get tough about this? >> let's hope we get tough now but the initial signs out of the
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republicans, martha, are not encouraging. they've taken the bush tax cuts -- >> that will stimulate the economy, so far, ask -- >> but it isn't initially and martha, they've also said they will not be able to do the $100 billion in cuts they said they would do. so, this isn't a corporate market. you just can't go around and say we'll cut when there is no real anticipation the cuts will be real soon, and the downside to me is far greater than the upside and i don't think we can take the risk and the immediate signs from the republicans, from yesterday, are not encouraging, to those of us who are fiscal hawks, like we try to be. martha:... played a role in the election of the tea party candidates and he says it will be a show down issue. and -- >> good for him. good for him. martha: an interesting show to watch, i think, rick santorum, thank you very much and doug shone, a -- schoen, great to se
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you both jo. bill: a gunman held two people hostage at a mexican restaurant outside of phoenix, at the restaurant chain, no one was hurt and the hostages, both workers at the baja fresh restaurant were released after police an s.w.a.t. teams had the place surround and the robbery suspects surrendered after getting into a shootout with police officers and the mall was reopened after being in lock down several hours, and in the end everything was okay but there were many scary moments as we watched that unfold yesterday afternoon. 38 minutes now past the hour. martha: all right, they stood in front of crowds of angry voters at town hall debates across their states, democrats defending president obama's health care overhaul bill, during that hot summer of '09, you remember all of those images well, i'm sure. so, why are they now rethinking their take on health care reform? are you receiving a payout from a legal settlement
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martha: details of elizabeth edwards' will are becoming public a month after she died of breast cancer. there are reports that mrs. edwards left nothing to her husband, john edwards, in fact, there is not even a mention of former vice presidential nominee edwards in the will at all and instead she left all of her belongings to her three children, the pry profile couple was estranged after john edwards admitted he fathered a child with another woman. bill: as republicans now gear up in the house, ready to -- what they say is dismantle the health care law, democrats helped pushed the overhaul three seem to be having second thoughts, senator clair mccaskill says democrats should consider scrapping the mandate which requires americans to buy health insurance and is expected to
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face a tough re-election campaign in 2012 and is not alone, jason altmire voted against health care last year and won re-election and good morning and welcome back to "america's newsroom." >> good morning, bill. bill: will you vote to repeal this? >> i won't vote for a straight repeal because there are provision in the bill that have taken effect, that are meaningful and are positive, closing the prescription doughnut hole for seniors and the fact you cannot be dropped from your health coverage if you are sick or injured and the ability of children with preexisting conditions to access for the first time the insurance market without restriction. these are good things, that were in the bill. i voted against the bill because on the whole i believe, and i still believe that it did more harm than good but there is no reason the repeal has to be structured in a way that you literally throw the baby out with the bath water. bill: but many of the things... many of the things you are describing have bipartisan support and is not debated. >> i agree. that is in the repeal bill, if you can remove the provisions
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they have wide bipartisan support across the country and everyone agrees those are things that needed to be done and were popular before the health care bill was debated. let's take those off the table and -- >> hang on... >> let's repeal everything else. bill: we are getting somewhere here. you would take out the mandate to require americans to buy insurance. >> i have already voted to repeal the mandate. bill: and take out preexisting conditions. take out closing of that doughnut hole for seniors, and you would vote for repeal? >> well, i have already voted for repeal of the mandate. i have already voted for repeal of the onerous 1099 provision for small businesses, relating to tax paperwork they have to file. there's a lot of things in the bill that need to be repealed. and i'm willing to go line by line with republicans and democrats alike and the bulk needs to be repealed but it is crazy to structure next week's bill, to allow me to go back to my district and look people in the eye and say, yes, i voted to repeal the prescription drug
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doughnut hole being closed, and voted to repeal the fact you can get insurance for the first time with a preexisting condition and i'm not willing to do that. bill: how many democrats do you think will vote with republicans next week? wednesday is the big vote, the 12th of january. >> right, 12th. i don't know, because there are 13 democrats remaining who voted against the health care bill, myself included, and i have talked to light of them and i think we all have the same concerns. we think by and large it was a bad bill and did more harm than good but to repeal it all, including the few provisions that were beneficial, doesn't make any sense. bill: do you think any democrats will vote to repeal it? >> yes. there are a few that are announced but i don't think you will get more than a small hand: bill: wow. so, what -- what the republican strategy seems to be, they vote on the repeal and goes nowhere on the senate side but they'll chip away at the bill and chip away at it in time... do you feel safe, today, to say, publicly, that as we look at this 2,000-page health care bill, that in the end, it will
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be nothing like it is today, and when it is applied to the american people. >> i'm willing to help with the process of going line by line, repealing the onerous provisions and i'm not able to say whether or not the senate is going to go along with that and certainly the president is still the president, he's going to veto a lot of that, so, whether, ultimately you can be successful, i don't know, but, i think that it is healthy, to go through the bill and look at what was in it, because the american people still don't have a good idea of what was actually in the bill. bill: republican leaders still don't have an idea of what is in the bill. do you? >> well, i read the bill, yeah, i'm on one of the committees of jurisdiction and i was involved right from the start and i feel like, in the implementation process, i certainly know what has been implemented,so far and i know what is a good part of the bill but i think, by and large, it was more harm than good. bill: republicans believe once the vote is taken, that is -- puts pressure on the senate. do you agree with that in principle? >> no, it will not pass the
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senate, everybody knows that. bill: ultimately, like with the mandate clause, that is being battled in the courts right now. in the end it may not be the house or senate that has any say and the courts may ultimately decide its implementation or not. >> the supreme court is going to decide if it is constitutional. if it's not that makes it easy. but if it is constitutional then the congress could tell repeal the provision and the courts could strike it down and that would make it easy for everybody. bill: we're trying to figure it out as we go, jason altmire, a democrat out of pennsylvania, thanks for your time and to our viewers at home, go to "america's newsroom," at and tell us what you think. yes, they'll repile the health care law -- repeal the health c law and, 16% say no, 84% say yes. martha: a large number believe they will. bill: weigh in. martha: it sent shivers through parents everywhere, a study that linked children's vaccinations
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to autism. but, now there are a lot of questions raised about whether that study was fraudulent and the brand new details on all of this, that you want to hear. bill: friends and neighbors, this is not the john wheeler they knew, wandering around, looking messy, confused and lost. a close friend was in contact with wheeler only days before he was found dead. did that friend see any warning signs? we'll talk to him in moments.
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bill: terror in the skies was stopped in its tracks, thanks to quick-thinking passengers. happened on board a turkish flight on its way from norway to istanbul, passengers say a man shouted he had a bomb and demanded the plane go back to oslo and when he tried to get to the cockpit several passengers took him down.
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turkish police saying the suspect did not have, in the end, any bomb. or any explosives on board. martha: this is such a mysterious question. what happened to john wheeler, iii, the former army officer who played a key role in making the vietnam memorial a reality. he served under three presidents, he was found dead last friday in a delaware landfill, much to the shock of all of his friends and family. and i'm joined by a long time friend of his. a classmate from harvard business school and they went to west point and vietnam together and worked at the pentagon together and he was in contact with him days before his body was found. richard, welcome to you and thanks for being with us. i know it has been an awful ordeal for all of his friends. tell us, first of all, about the man that you knew. >> well, the jack wheeler that i knew, martha, i started my plebe
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year at west points, he was a year ilin yearling, what they call sophomores at the academy and we went to harvard business school together and spent a year in vietnam, at the same base together and two years in the pentagon, when i came back from vietnam he was in the pentagon at the same time and then, we worked very closely and intensely 3-4 years on the vietnam memorial effort. he was a man who loved his country, he loved his family, and, he loved his friends. a thoroughly decent human being. martha: now you hear these stories and we have this video and we'll show a piece of that video of him wandering, he looks disoriented and the people at the parking garage and this is where he left his car all the time, when he went from his home in newcastle, delaware to washington, d.c. and is a frequent place to go and they say he seemed, disheveled, out of sorts and the police ruled his death as a homicide. when you put it together in your head, the man you now, what is your theory on what might have
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happened to him or who might have wanted him dead? >> i just don't know. i think the most likely thing is there may have been an error in his medications, somehow he was given an improper dosage, that resulted in this disorientation, and wandering the streets on delaware, and, then at some point, somebody or some people killed him, perhaps, for money and, put his body in the trash dumpster. that is where i come out, and you get into other sinister possibilities, who knows? martha: there are so many stories floating around out there, one of them is that the police have found evidence, he had a dispute with one of his neighbors, over, you know, the construction they were doing on their house, too tall, he lives in the historic district in new cals and he wasn't happy with that and the back and forth between his neighbors was not acrimonious and these things happen in neighborhoods all the time and then there were smoke bomb or incendiary device put
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into the people's house a few days ago, and police say there may be some link in the evidence to mr. wheeler. >> i would find that hard to believe. but, i would have to wait for the police. if they have conclusive evidence, then i would believe it. but, right now, that is not the jack wheeler that i knew for -- 48 years. martha: did you know him to be someone so passion aatpassionat to extremes in that way. >> no. he was passionate, about things he cared about, but, jack understood the law, he was a lawyer, he followed the law. he knew that that was out of bounds and i find it hard to believe he'd do something like that. martha: he was also doing consulting work in, you know, chemical warfare, biological warfare, all of those kinds of things. you know, is there anything that he was uncovering or working on, you had any indication of that might have made somebody want to see him gone? >> if you had asked me that
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question 40 years ago, i would have said, no way. that is too farfetched. now, i think you have to consider the possibility and i hope that that is being looked at, by the appropriate people in washington and delaware, but he never spoke with me about anything he was doing that was classified. he understood what secret and top-secret classifications meant and he certainly would not speak with somebody who was not authorized to have that information. martha: well, we can all relate to that it must be like for you to have, you know, someone you know who is your friend, who suddenly ends up in the awful, awful situation. and, death, so our hearts go out to you, to you and the friend and family of mr. wheeler and for his service that he gave to the country, which you are a great testament, too, sir. thanks for joining us today. >> you are very welcome, thank you for having me. bill: the family, too, you think of the contribution to america is the vietnam wall and the
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impact that that war had on his life and now the legacy. martha: and he fought for a long time to have it built and it is a stirring memorial and anyone who has been there is a testament to his life, he was a force in having it built. and, remember, we don't know what killed him yet. we are waiting for toxicology reports, and don't know if there was a gunshot, anything along those lines and until we get those reports back on the cause of death, that may give us a little bit more indication. bill: in the meantime, we're going to go to school house rock. and, 30 minutes... 30 minutes we'll see history, the constitution to be read on the floor of the house, the first time we have seen this ever. in the history of our country. martha: all right, and the boat-rocking is not over, the navy officer's allegedly lewd videos, who could now be facing an investigation in the crazy, twisted story. more when we come back, in "america's newsroom." or minerals. and who brings you more natural colors
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martha: here we go, folks, breaking out the axe, one day after getting the gavel, the g.o.p. controlled house expected to vote on cutting their operating budget by about $35 million. not a lot of money, but it's a start and some call it symbolic to signal the new house majority means business when it comes to slashing red ink and now there are serious doubts, they can cut the budget by the $100 billion they promised in the pledge to
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america, remember that? i'm mar martha maccallum, good have you with us. bill: i'm bill hemmer, good to have you with us, from home, and, the democrats say the republicans are exempting a trillion dollars to some of the cuts and michelle bachmann on with greta last night saying her office found nearly half a trillion dollars in savings. >> i had my staff put together cuts today, we came up with about $450 billion in cuts, and i think for all of my colleagues, senate or house, republican or democrat, we have got to put our green eye shades on and i encourage every member to have their staff actually go to cuts, and i will tell you, quite clearly, they are painful. they are not easy. we have got to do this, though. martha: wow, interesting. so what gets cut is the question now, in washington, eric bolling of the fox business network, eric, michelle bachmann said she came up with nearly half a billion cuts and sounded like they did it in an afternoon.
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>> half a trillion. martha: right. >> and she's right, cutting is one thing, they can freeze salaries and not take increases last year and that is a drop in the bucket, and i haven't seen her report, but, what i'm guessing is they went after waste, fraud and abuse on so many levels and one of them medicare from either side of the aisle there is agreement, there is literally, hundreds of billions of dollars they can focus in on in cutting out the waste, fraud and abuse and they should. by the way, martha, one thing that dems are not saying, is where some of the money that the health care bill, health care law, that it is supposed not tonal to close the deficit neutral, will create money, where is it coming from? they need rescore this and there are so many things going on between the exemptions and the $600 filing requirement that will go away, there are billions and billions of dollars, that this thing is going to cost. martha: and half a billion in spending cuts and medicare that was part of the plan, too, half a trillion, i should say.
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>> right. martha: yeah. so, eric when you look at the plan, pledge to america from the republicans during the election back in november, they said, we can cut $100 billion, in the the first year, now, they are hedging on that, all kinds of ways and saying october 1st, is the start of the fiscal year and i say to them, you know, start today, right? i think most americans could accept that, if you say, 12 months from today, we will cut $100 billion, but, you know, i don't know. are they going to commit to that, do you think. >> it was really discouraging when i heard the number go from $100 billion, a promise and, again, $100 billion on nearly a $4 trillion budget, doesn't sound like a lot but it is. it is a lot. a lot of money, and i would love to see them do it and when we heard, maybe it will only be 50 or $60 billion, discouraging, you are right, they need to say, look, we said it and the tea party won, took 90 seats in the house, between the house and senate, because they promised to make budget cuts and need to stick to the promise. martha: we spoke to mike pence and he said you'll be surprised, americans will be surprised by
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what the g.o.p. in the house will do, we'll watch. >> hopefully we're surprised? a good way. martha: hopefully, thank you, eric, good to see you, follow the money, week nights on fox business network, 9:00 p.m. eastern, exempt thursd eastern, exempt thursdays when you have to wait an extra hour to see him on the fox business network. bill: and he said yesterday he expects more than $100 billion. we shall see, the clock is running, spending not the only thing on the agenda, day two of the 112th congress, shannon bream is live in washington. on the docket today? >> reporter: the g.o.p. says it is about getting the house back to the basics and they are getting started today by reading the constitution, on the house floor. and, all of the amendments. they say, they want that document to be the focus of what they are doing, and something we saw in the rules package they passed last night, pretty much along party lines. that sets out the way in which bills will be handled when they come to the floor and how they are debated in committee, those kinds of things and one thing they'll require now, in any bill
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that gets to the floor, is you have to spell out the constitutional authority for that particular measure, where congress gets the power to do it and also bills will be on-line three days at least before they are voted on and any new spending increases have to be offset by cuts somewhere else. of equal or greater value and you cannot use a tax increase to pay for the spending increase. speaking of spending, something that republicans say they have to get tough on and something that voters sent them here to washington to do. today, greg walden, a republican from oregon will offer up a resolution to mandate cutbacks and about leadership offices and committee offices and it will get to the tune of $35 million and does it sound like a lot when you are talking about the national deficit or debt and republicans say it is symbolic, they are willing to start cutting right there, do it themselves before they ask the american people to continue doing it and then they'll go after the federal budget and we are also hearing the next hour, we'll hear what is probably going to be the first official press conference from the new speaker of the how, john boehner
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and the new majority leader, eric cantor and will be followed by a press conference from the democrats and their new role as the minority now. bill. bill: the press conference later this afternoon, then. >> reporter: 11:15 eastern for republicans and noon for democrats. bill: and that will cut into reading the constitution, that's why i asked. that is coming up in 25 minutes, shannon, thanks, everybody is watching, on the hill, martha? martha: the u.s. military says their doing their part to rein in spending and robert gates, defense secretary, set to announce a plan to slash about $80 billion from the 2012 defense budget and that includes dropping big-ticket items, the new amphibious vehicle and a missile system and by doing that can stave off additional cost-cutting measures that may be brought to them by the white house or congress, a preemptive move, interesting, by mr. gates. bill: a scandal that rocked the u.s. navy and cost a commander his job, defense officials say they are questioning the top
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brass in the videotapes shown on board a nuclear powered aircraft, captain owen honors has been relieved of his command of the uss enterprise, and he actually made them while he was second in command on the ship four years ago, 2006 and videos were meant to boost the sailors' morale at sea and the navy found out -- found the videos crossed the line. martha: a "fox news alert," iranians state owned media says an american woman was arrested in iran, and, is charged with spying. greg palkot is live in london with more on that story, tell us about these reports that we are hearing, greg. >> reporter: reports, i think we need to underline, martha. here we go again... maybe, according to a variety of quasi-official iranian news sources, iranians are holding another american on espionage charges, and she is said to be 55 years old and was detained by iranian customs officials and according to the reports, one week ago, crossing from armenia
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into iran on the northern border of the country and here's a couple of the strange bits. reports allegedly say that she had spy technology imbedded in her teeth. maybe a microphone, according to a couple stories, also strange, she's quoted as saying, if she was went back to armenia, from iran, she would be killed and we are working all contacts to try and confirm this and we haven't got anything yet and i would say, no one has, and she has the fourth picked up by iran in the last two years and the most well-known is the three young american hikers, sarah shourd, josh mccloud and shane bauer, and that happened in july, 2009 and sarah shourd is out and the two others face a trial beginning next month. martha: unbelievable they are still there. so, you know, obviously they are waiting to confirm the circumstances of the woman's
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arrest if, indeed she was arrested. what kind of impact might this have on iranian-american relations? >> obviously, we all know that relations are not warm between iran and the united states. right now there is a lot of speculation about how it might fit in with everything, just this week iran claimed that they shot down two western spy drone planes, the united states denies any was shot down and tensions of course center around iran's suspect nuclear program, and there are talks planned, including the u.s. and other countries, in next few weeks, with iran, some say this might have something to do with that. but, still, at least one report says, perhaps, this woman was not american at all and she was of armenian-christian descent and armenian-christians are persecuted right now, at this moment, in iran. a lot of questions, back to you. martha: thanks, greg palkot. bill: 10 minutes past the hour and it could get nasty on the hill soon. republicans planning a vote to repeal the health care law, but will democrats, some of them,
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anyway, cross the aisle and how many will that be? we'll check that out. martha: interesting to watch and how about this: is this the latest weapon in a rising powers arsenal? the country that might be flying this stealth fighter jet, right now. bill: also, honoring the people's document like never before. we are awaiting the first ever reading of the u.s. constitution from the floor of the house. it is history in the making and you will see it, only minutes away. >> the founding fathers set out to do... ♪ ♪ we the people ♪ in order to form a more perfect union ♪ ♪ established justice ♪ ensure domestic tranquility ♪ provide for the common defense ♪ ♪ promote the general welfare ♪ and secure the blessings of liberty ♪ ♪ to ourselves and our posterity ♪ ♪ to ordain and establish
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bill: a state owned chinese newspaper reporting what might be china's first stealth fighting jet. pictures started circulating on independent web sites and the "wall street journal" quoting military experts say the photos appear to show a stealth fighter joan that's j-20, a university expert dismissed that aspect calculation in china and the chinese government is not taking the photo off the internet, suggesting it -- the government might be behind the leak in the first place, there it is. martha: there are new reports democratic leaders are mounting a full scale attack on republican efforts to repeal president obama's health care law. house speaker john boehner scheduled a voted on on the come repeal of the law for next week and democrats are getting their arsenal ready for that, the
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senior writer of the weekly standard joins me and also a fox news contributor. good to see you there this morning. >> hi, martha. martha: what will we see play out here? democrats are getting ready for the vote and will approximately out everything they can. >> that is a significant reversal of their strategy, isn't it? two days ago you had debbie wasserman schultz, who has become a prominent spokesman for the democrats in the house telling fox that she thought it was all symbolism and totally irresponsible and total waste of time. martha: right. >> and now, rather than ignoring it and letting the republicans have their vote, the symbolic vote as she says, they are mounting this huge party-wide defense of the president's health care -- you know, obamacare and it's an interesting change in strategy, and i'm not sure if i were a democratic strategist, it is the one i would be advising, given the popularity of obamacare. martha: it is -- their take on it, debbie wasserman schultz was saying, it is already law and we don't have to do anything to defend this and the president would never sign it if the
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repeal came to pass in the houses it wouldn't pass in the senate, either, but what is interesting to watch is democratic defections on this. when it comes to a vote in the house, how many democrats do you think we might see saying, you know, i voted for it last time, but, i know the folks at home are not in favor of it and, are going to voted against it now. >> i talked to people on capitol hill and no one can give you a good answer in terms of the number but i think you have democrats like your interesting interview with jason altmire who says, look there are problems with the bill and i'm not sure i would vote for an outright repeal because it would repeal the things i like in the bill but he acknowledged the many problems in the bill and that's discussion continues, you are likely to see people, democrats having to acknowledge these problems, and you have had the president, acknowledge the problems with the 1099 tax forms and prominent democrats, proponents of obamacare, acknowledging major parts of the bill and clair mccaskill, saying
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-- >> she was a huge supporter. >> and it is stunning and look at the polling and the refer rai -- referenda in missouri and i think she is being responsive to her constituents there, and that is a significant admission by somebody who as you said had been a significant proponent of the proposal. martha: indeed, and just, for our viewers at home, i believe we are watching a little play out on the hill in terms of the rules for the repeal but i want to switch gears for a moment. i heard you talking about this last night and found it interesting, in terms of the shuffle going on at the white house. it is easy to say, you know, 18 months is how long most people last in those jobs, not a beg deal. what are you reading in the tea leaves in terms of the communications team here and how significant it is, they are going to be, you know, completely filled with new faces, most likely, and, also, the economic team which we'll get news on as well? >> right. right. a lot of this is just shuffling of chairs. robert gibbs is still going to be intimately involved in communications strategy, just
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not from the white house and not on a day-to-day base but what you see is them retooling, and if you want to break down the administration into two half, the first two years are policy-driven years and the obama administration, led by the president, i think, pushing his reforms, pushing the policies that he wanted, that were often controversial, the second part, is going to be trying to resell those policies, to the american people. and many of them are not popular, the stimulus, people think, overwhelmingly, has failed, and, the job numbers have not improved, and they have gotten worse and health care has we have been talking about, continues to be unpopular and they have a huge communications effort, i think, or potential challenge, over the next two years, in effect to convince the emerging market that the president that they might reelect in 2012, is not actually the left wing guy they have seen govern for the past two years. martha: real quick on the business front, wall street had a very love-hate relationship with the president.
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are we seeing any changes in the way the white house is printing itself to that community? >> well, certainly we are seeing a difference in the way the white house is presenting itself, you have the president now reaching out to the chamber of commerce and wanting to give a speech there but i think mostly wall street and the business community will say, we want to see results, we want to see policy changes, if we are going to be supportive. martha: all right, stephen hayes, always great to talk to you, thanks so much. see you soon. >> thanks, martha. bill: the controversial report linking vaccines to autism, there is new evidence now of an intentional hoax. what you need to know about that. next. martha: and we are moments away now from an historic event on the house floor. this will be interesting to watch play out. it is the reading of the united states constitution on the floor of the house of representatives, it has become controversial, which some kind interesting in and of itself, we'll get you down there live to watch it happen and relearn the preamble to the constitution, when john boehner speaks it moments from now. ó
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martha: wait until you see this. nobody is ever going to get tired of looking at this. watch... >> oh, my goodness... martha: one of those long hugs, i don't think either one of them wanted to let go. a soldier from utah made it home from afghanistan, to surprise his little girl on her 11th birthday. and, instead of the usual greeting at the airport, he surprised his daughter, at school. >> oh! >> goodness. >> i was doing math and then, everyone is like, look up! and i look up and i just walked -- run over to him. and started crying, i was so happy. >> she pretty much flew out of her chair and jumped into my
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arms, it was pretty cool. >> what did you want most for your birthday. >> to see my dad. >> i didn't i was going to be able to make it and i'm really glad i did. martha: we are really glad he did, too. what a great story, you know, just reminds you how much of a sacrifice all of these families make, the wives and little children and the husbands, those -- just a fantastic -- they were happy it was possible for the family to be reunited and, he is a soldier at the national guard and was on leave, and she didn't have to make a wish when she blew out her candles, because her dad being with her was the only wish she had. great! bill: hey, look up! wow! a new investigation condemning a doctor responsible for making many parents think twice about vaccinating their children. a british medical journal calling that doctor's study, linking vaccines to childhood autism, quote an elaborate fraud. founder and executive director
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of brain balance achievement centers, is with me here in new york. good morning to you, doctor. >> good morning. bill: there's a doctor out of england, andrew wakefield and he made a1998, 13 years ago, what was his study, considered to be fraudulent? >> well, you know, i think the background on this is that parents, for years, have noticed that around 17 or 18 months, many children seem to regress with autism, meaning, that many parents believe that they are developing normally and all of a sudden there is a dramatic redrer regression and at this point there was a study he was doing to look at, if there was a relationship between the mmr vaccine -- >> mmr... >> measles, mumps and rubella and especially the measles portion of that. he questioned. and he said that there was a relationship where there was basically like an infection, where the vaccination caused and in inflammation in the child that led to the cause of autism.
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bill: his claim high school been debunked because, 12 of the kids he studied were normal, until they had the mmr shot, and, five as it turns out had previously documented developmental problems which would skew the study itself. i mean, parents have been hanging on this, trying to figure out answers for their own kids for the better part of 15 years now, autism went from 1 in 10,000 in the early 1990s to fewer than 1 in 100 in less than two decades. >> this is the thing. because there is this regression, that parents see, and, also, because there is this actual epidemic, i mean, wouldn't of the things we cannot deny is there really is an epidemic, going from 1 in 10,000, to less than 1 in 100 and when you look at that, there must be environmental factors driving this and that raised a lot of questionses and made parents think what they're environmental factors and, they
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were looking for a smoking gun. bill: what was his motivation, do you know. >> there are two sides to this. he states that he is doing his -- from a scientific standpoint, trying to help parents that came to him with questions and on the other end, there are people claiming he was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for this study, and, so, there is -- you know, questions on either end of it. bill: bottom line, parents out there, worried, concerned, what, do you tell them, what should they know and what do you say to parent who says, my kid was fine and healthy to the age of 3 and got a vaccination and, the next day, sure enough, took a turn for the worsts. >> well, most of the studies at this point clearly show that there is not a relationship with vaccinations, but there needs to be more studies and it needs to be looked at, but what we really need to focus on is what is the problem on the brain because you cannot answer the question on causation until you know what autism is in the brain. bill: it is important information and i appreciate you coming in today. >> my pleasure. bill: dr. robert mellilo, here
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with us in new york. martha? >> ♪ ♪ our founding fathers did agree ♪ ♪ to write a list of principles ♪ ♪ to keep our people free... martha: just play school house rock on the floor of the house of representatives. we'll hear the real thing spoken on the floor of the house of representatives and john boehner will start it off and it will happen right there, in -- on the other side of the capitol dome and how and why the symbolic act has become so controversial. bill: also, coming up... she found a cosmic treasure and she's only ten, we'll talk to the young girl who picked out her very own super nova! ♪ ♪
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martha: developing now,ing in "america's newsroom," two sisters in mississippi, about to be released from prison, their life sentences for armed robbery suspended on the condition that one donate a kidney to the other. amazing story and the number of americans applying for unemployment benefits, rising for the first time in five weeks, we got the data this morning, 409,000 americans, applied for those benefits, last week. and, that is a good indication, in fact and a paramedic returns to the witness stand today in the preliminary hearing for michael jackson's doctor, conrad murray. yesterday the paramedic told the court things did not add up, when he arrived at jackson's home that day, the day the pop star died. bill? bill: all right, martha, 10:32. waiting on history, you will see in a moment awaiting the start of the reading of the u.s. constitution on the floor of the house, some members are down there, but, not all of them, i
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would have -- it is a bipartisan effort and you will begin with john boehner and he'll hand off to nancy pelosi and eric cantor and steny hoyer, and you see how we are going here, republican, democrat, republican, democrat. the bipartisanship may end there. congressman steve israel, the democrat out of new york, sir, good morning to you, you are the democratic congressional campaign committee chairman, welcome back to "america's newsroom." what do you think about the readings of the constitution, are you cool with that? >> it is wonderful and we ought to do it in every congress, it is our foundational document and does the american people and my colleagues well to remind ourselves of the values within the constitution. establishing justice, providing for the common defense, promoting the general welfare and now, we should not just read the constitution, we need to make sure we are living up to its ideals. we need to make sure we are passing legislation, that embodies the values of the constitution. and i'm hopeful that republicans and democrats will find ways of doing that, in the congress. bill: everybody is watching. i assume, based on that answer,
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you disagree with your colleague jerry nadler out of new york? because he called the whole thing total nonsense. and propaganda. >> look, no, i don't think it is nonsense and propaganda and as i said, i think it is a valuable exercise and, an important moment in the congress for us to read the constitution. but, i do think that you cannot just read it like a speech and then leave skid marks on it in your legislative record. we have to make sure we are pursuing all of the values that are embodied in that constitution. bill: that is an -- >> not by reading it but by acting that. bill: that is an interesting phrase to use and thanks for sharing that and all americans can learn from the exercise this morning. objections n is the deficit the defining issue in the congress today. >> we have a national environment we have deficits and debts and democrats wants to work with republicans to do that and we want to work with
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republicans to create jobs, to help small business and entrepreneurs and innovators to create new jobs and want to work to strengthen the middle class and we want to find common ground, unfortunately, yesterday on day one i have to say i think the new majority got started on the wrong foot by voting against, unanimously, voted against the very straightforward proposition that if you are going to be a member of congress, who wants to repeal health care, for all of your constituents, you shouldn't be able to accept it in the federal employee health benefits program, democrats were united in saying we owe constituents that kind of transparency, if we take it for ourselves then we should offer it to the american people. and -- and, you should repeal it for constituents, you should repeal it for yourself -- >> let me get -- >> tried to hide health care for themselves -- >> you think that is hypocrisy, go back to the first point, republicans think, this is
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hypocrisy, they heard two years health care, health care, health care, and nothing about jobs and nothing about the middle class. >> yes. and what are we doing, the republicans doing week one, talking about repealing health care. and not talking about -- >> because they think it will improve the economy and they have been talking every day, too, about cutting spending. would you agree that $100 billion is necessary, a good start, is not enough when it comes to cutting the budget. >> with all due respect my friends on the republican side of the aisle cannot agree with themselves on that and they said they would come to washington and immediately cut $100 billion in spending, and, then, yesterday, on day one, they said that that $100 billion reduction was, quote, a hypothetical. is that what we are calling -- >> some said that, but not everybody and we frankly -- >> no, they are saying -- >>... or not. >> right. right. i've said we ought to look at everything and we do have to be careful and -- in how we are
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spending and have to be sure there is not waste, not fraud, abuse and everything ought to be considered and everything should be on the table but what we are seeing is a good level of hypocrisy on health care to repeal the entire health care bill, in week one, means that you are adding hundreds of billions of dollars in debt and deficit. and, i think we need to put this hypocrisy aside and be straightforward and honest with the american people and need to make cuts where cuts can be made and make sure that those cuts are not put on the shoulders of middle class and working american families. bill: or any americans for that matter. whether middle class, high class or low class, now... there was a front page article, in the "washington post," just from yesterday. and it talked about a more moderate democratic agenda. it was almost like it described the party kissing good-bye to the liberal agenda of the past 24 months, and, welcoming a whole different set of policies. and an agenda that is much more
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mainstream. i'm certainly you saw that. do you agree with it? >> i can promise you this, that democrats will be absolutely united and willing to work with republicans on those three major issues, one, are we strengthening the middle class? two, are we supporting small business innovators and entrepreneurs, to grow jobs, and, three, are we tackling debt and deficit? and, on all three standards, you can call moderate, progressive and conservative, we want to make sure we are working with the other side in pursuing those three objectives in a fair way. bill: if you get that done, all americans win, agreed? >> agreed. it doesn't matter -- i don't know about other members of congress but my constituents don't wake up in the morning in deere park, new york thinking about left or right. they wake up in the morning concerned about their jobs, their paychecks and their home values and traffic and taxes. and as long as democrats and
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republicans can find common ground on those areas, then we will be pursuing the people's agenda and that is what we wanted to do. bill: again... >> but when you start by saying we'll hide our health care as members of congress from our constituents and repeal theirs and start by saying $100 billion in cuts, with a hypothetical, we didn't really mean it, that is not what the american people voted for in this election. bill: i wish we had more time and clearly you do as well, thank you for your time today, and, we'll be cut off, steve israel, democrat from new york, we're all watching and i'm certain you are aware, 21 minutes before the hour. martha: trying to do one thing, form a more perfect union and we'll learn more coming up in a few minutes, they are running behind on the house of representatives, supposed to start reading at 10:30 and it is 10:39 eastern time and we'll keep you posted and take you there as soon as that gets under way and in the meantime, the next generation of high-tech gadgets, shaping our lives, live at the largest consumer electronics show in the world, and where else would they do this but in las vegas, the best new stuff, and how one new
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invention can beam a doctor into your home, and help save your life. this is so cool, you have to see that. bill: so many things happening out there, it is our future, right and a ten-year-old girl makes a discovery 200 light years away and she's here live to tell about it. the super nova. copd makes it hard to breathe
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or high blood pressure before taking advair. if you're still having difficulty breathing, ke the lead. ask your doctor if including advair could help improve your lung function. get your first full prescription free and saven refills at advaircopd.c. >> i'm gin jen into l-- jenna ls of both parties are coming to talk to us on happening now, and all the read the constitution for the first time and behind closed doors, the republicans start the process to repool the preside -- repeal the health care law and that in detecti.c. today an rancher's story, wait until you hear what one of his cowboys found on his ranch in a little plastic bag. you will not believe i see you at the top of the hour. bill: 17 minutes away and in the meantime, new developments in the murder of a maryland hospital worker.
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montgomery county police announcing the arrest of a suspect, another employee, of the suburban hospital in bethesda, 49-year-old man, autopsy reports indicate he was stabbed to death inside the hospital over the weekend. police will release more details in the news conference, expected a lit later today. -- a bit later today. martha: such a cool story. a young girl in canada, setting a record that is truly out of this world. ten-year-old catherine aurora gray is this youngest person to ever discover a super nova. which is an exploding star, an incredible story. catherine joins me now from canada and higher in new york we have michio kaku, professor of physic at the city university of new york, catherine, welcome. it is great to have you with us. >> hello. martha: tell me, you and your dad is -- your dad is sophisticated in his study of astronomy and you have been learning from him your whole life and you are ten and how did you look at the photographs an
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say, wait, i think i see something in one of these? >> well, actually, um ... i was using the... my dad has and he was sitting beside me, going, through the first couple of pictures with me, and he's sitting beside me when we both were looking at the same picture, at the same time, and... martha: at one point you saw something and you said, what is that, right. >> yeah. martha: and what was it? >> it was this little tiny star, blinking. martha: a little tiny star, blinking. michio, for those who don't know, what is a super nova and why is it a huge deal. >> you know the expression we are all made out of star dust? it is true, every atom of our body was made in the heat of the
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star and copper were made in the heat of an exploding star and we are children of the super nova and in its wake we have the corpse for a star and very large stars collapse into a black hole and catherine you may have been observing not just the death of a star but, perhaps, the birth of a black hole, as well. incredible. martha: the super nova is several times larger than our sun. >> that's right. our sun will not explode like a super nova, you can breathe a sigh of relief. martha: 240 million light years away, the light you were able to detect in the photograph and the way you saw it, an asteroid, the light moves for a super nova, as i didn't it and you and your dad follow this closely stays in one place and that is why you were able to see it there, right? >> yes. martha: yes, so, catherine, when you look at this, 240 million
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light years away, and michio, you can weigh in on this as well, it took 240 million years as you pointed out to me, prior to the dinosaur age for -- that is when the explosion happened. >> that's right. we're looking at fossilized light. light emitted from a dying star, even before the dinosaurs were born. this is astounding how big the universe is and we are looking at a snapshot, a snapshot of something that happened a quarter of a billion years ago that just reached catherine gray. martha: catherine, your middle name is aurora which is a neat astronomical allusion as well. talk to me about your friends, do they third quartey think it found your own super nova. >> actually i haven't been back to school yet. so, most of them have probably seen it on the news. i haven't talked to any of them. martha: i bet you will hear about that. i have a ten-year-old at home, though he does a lot of cool things, he has not found a super
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nova. at least not yet. congratulations to you and i think it is neat that you and your dad are working on these projects together, thanks for being with us, and michio, thanks for being with us. >> thank you. martha: cool stuff! bill: looking deep into space and we're looking into the future, too, your future, adam housely is live in las vegas on that, adam? >> reporter: bill, you know, it is about affordability and practical and stuff that you can buy and afford and will make your life better, for example, a camera with a mirror in front and take a picture and it shows up with you in frame. we have that coming up in three minutes, only on fox. funny thing about vegetables... they fill you up without filling you out. yes! v8 juice gives you three of your five daily servings of vegetables. that's what i'm talking about!
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martha: you know sometimes it can take longer in congress, and i know that comes as a big
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surprise to everybody. they are supposed to start reading the constitution at 10:30, but here we are, 21 minutes later, still waiting and they are going through procedural things and they like that, you know, and when they get to it, we'll take the moment to go down to the floor and listen to john boehner read the preamble. bill: an extra coffee and bagel, before they get underway, and, the future, quickly an annual electronic show that takes place every year in las vegas, innovative, high-tech products that could change the way we live, adam housely is live with show and tell. what do you have, adam, good morning. >> reporter: we have a lot. years past we showed you the high-tech stuff you will see 3-4 years down the road and now, things to make your life better now and affordable, the keyboard, it is wireless an runs on solar or light power or light will charge it and it stays charged three months in the dark for $99 and, you have a surround sound speakers and we showed you a few years ago and these are
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affordable and wireless and my parents had an electrician come and wire theirs a few years ago and it saves the cost of $200 and all sorts of companies and these are from many companies and they are affordable and i showed them to you a few years ago and the camera i showed you before, kodak, under $100, a mirror on the front and ten megapixels and there are many things that are affordable, find them place and they make your life better and, it is small, and, the thing we happen to really focus on for the live report, something interesting to us is the medical community, how they brought it in and dr. stievdr. dr. steven axelrod, one problem we have with or is parent is they are not taking their medication on time. >> this is an in-home medication management system and reminds moms to take their meds and drops the pills and, tells her to take it and follows it up with a phone call if they don't.
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>> what is cool, too, you can follow it on-line, too, and, if you -- wants to be sure mom is doing things right, this happens to be an apple iphone, and, what is cool about the machine is, a thousand dollars, expensive, and, medicare and other insurance companies, will cover parts of this, right. >> in certain states, right. >> and the last question, how much of a problem is this? is it something that will be to help out or something that significantly needs to be put in place. >> this is a worldwide problem, more than 50% of all prescribe medication are not taken. and, a quarter of all nursing home admissions in the u.s. are just from people not being able to manage medication by themselves. >> doctor, appreciate your time and we'll show you stuff throughout the day here, and i think, the electronics show, stuff you can find out now, you can afford and really, a lot of cases will help make your life better and the wireless speakers and i wish i had these before i paid my guy to come out and wire my house. bill: maybe reprogram that thing not just for medication but
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everything i do in my day, a friendly remind, ding, goes off, like, call adam out in vegas, have fun! martha: the house of representatives, the congressman's idea to read the constitution on the floor of the house and he's about to introduce this, we are waiting the first-ever, if you can believe it, reading of the u.s. constitution on the house floor. you will hear a lot of familiar phrases and some, detailed explanations, of voting practices, and he's getting it underway and john boehner will be the first to start and will read the preamble which we learned in school and which is helpful to have reread to us and, lots of detailses and we'll start with the legislative branch, article one and that will be a shared read, nancy pelosi will start that off and steny hoyer will do that and back and forth between republican an democrat and republican and democrat as they go through the process and it will be interesting see what we get out of the process.
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bill: a reflection of our country's history and the fact it has not been done before, shocked me. the first time ever, you have day two of the congress and get a bipartisan reading of the u.s. constitution for the next 90 minutes, at least unless you get amendments and adds from the folks in the audience and that is day two of john boehner's leadership and "the new york post" had a headline, called him "the weeper in chief" a couple of tears shed yesterday. bill: they held together quite well, a remarkable thing to watch, throughout the afternoon, yesterday, but, this is the first order of business for the new congress. now is written into the rules and unless they change the coming years, this is what will happen every time the new house is seated. martha: and the other interesting thing, when you bring a bill forward now you have to cite the part of the constitution that substantiates you bringing the bill. before the house and obviously this is the legislative body. so every time propositions, a
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proposal is made to change or amend any of these bills they have to have a founding in the constitution to do so and that has been -- gotten so much attention with the health care reform bill. that it is unconstitutional to have a mandate for people to have to buy their own health insurance or purchase anything at the hands of the government and that is one of the underpinnings for the reason we are seeing this happen. bill: and steve israel, democrat out of new york, 25 minutes ago, and jerry nadler a democrat out of new york was quoted as calling this political theater an propaganda. and he did not have high words of praise for what is about to happen here and israel and others kicked it to the side -- >> if it weren't for the tea party you wouldn't be seeing this on the house of representatives floor, that is safe to they. and that is the driving force behind that and i don't believe we'd see it if it
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may or may not play out in ways we have yet to see. if the influence is significant and strong you will see movements on behalf of congress facing the pressure of the tea party movement to do things that they normally would not do. on the other hand, part of the drama that is held within this congress is whether or not the tea party members will coellesce. here he is the republican out of virginia. martha: they are having some kind of debate about whether they can debate the reading of the constitution on the floor. let's listen a bit to this. >> changes to the document made by the 27 amendments to it. those portions superseded by amendment will not be read. in order to insure fairness for all participating we have asked
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members to line up on a first come first served basis. i will recognize members based on this guide necessary. i may recognize members out of order to insure bi-partisanship and balance. two members, one from each party will be recognized out of order. each member will approach the podium and read the passage laid out for him or her. the speaker, and two members of the leadership of each party will begin the read and then i can recognize members in order. i thank the members of both parties in advance for their participation in this historic event, and i thank -- >> for what purpose does the gentleman from california raise? >> thank you mr. chairman, a point of procedure. >> you may inquire. >> now that the process has started will his


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